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Drawn from Life: Tips and Tricks for Contemporary Life Drawing

Chronicle. Jul. 2017. 208p. illus. ISBN 9781452158785. pap. $18.95; ebk. ISBN 9781452166872. ART INSTRUCTION
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Doling out technique instruction and visual inspiration in equal parts, Birch's (Just Add Watercolor) half-sized, horizontally formatted guide helps readers tap into rich traditions of life drawing, demonstrating how to use everyday people as muses. Not necessarily intended to be read linearly, it is full of exercises that apply different approaches and styles. Each consists simply of a page of explanation, exemplified on the next page by successfully completed drawings. Some digital media is included, as is a very brief section on tools and materials. A handy visual index showing a thumbnail of each project starts off the book.
VERDICT A great way for beginning- and intermediate-level artists to dip a toe into figure drawing without attending art school.

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